Scottish country dancing as it may have been done in the Borders region in the 1930s ...
Great clip. However sadly the film is locked away in a dusty archive in Edinburgh and will
likely never be seen again in its entirety. Apparently in the 1930s / 40s the film was
used as entertainment for a local establishment for the mentally ill; then during a
clear-out it was thrown away into a skip: but luckily it was rescued and made available to
the public. It was a regular feature at the film show organised by the late Barry
Callaghan at the Reading Traditional Step & Dance Group's annual "Step and
Clog Dance Festival." And the Reading Cloggies used the depiction of the
bondagers' costumes for their own costumes for when they performed social dances from
the Scottish Borders. These latter were part of their "Campaign for Real Reels"
or "Campaign to put stepping back into social folk dancing." To see the Reading
Cloggies in action in their bondagers' costumes search YouTube for "Dancing
England - 1985".